Key county official resigns

Ending a 15-year career with Kitsap County, William Nogle, director of administrative services, announced his resignation on Monday, effective at the end of July.

The announcement arrives on the heels of the county’s plan to switch from a one-year budget cycle to a two-year budget planning process — a project Nogle had been intimately involved with.

“He’s choosing to move on, and so we’re doing the same,” Kitsap County Commissioner Jan Angel said. “We need to find someone now to fill those big shoes.”

Following Monday’s announcement, Kitsap County Administrator Malcolm Fleming said he is currently casting about for a viable interim replacement for Nogle’s post.

Once an interim candidate is in place, Fleming said the county can launch a full-scale search for a permanent and capable replacement.

Though not an elected position, the administrative services director is a high-level executive position within the county.

As the director, Nogle coordinated services centering on finance and budget, information services, purchasing, risk management, telecommunications, project management, volunteer services, facilities maintenance and, most recently, the courthouse parking and Commute Trip Reduction Program.

Nogle, who earned his Certified Public Accountant status 25 years ago, continually analyzed the county’s budget and finances.

“The county has issued more than $250 (million) in bonds under my direction over the last 15 years,” Nogle said in a county-issued press release.

“The seven or eight refunding bonds that I initiated have also saved and will continue to save the taxpayers of the county millions of dollars in interest over the years,” he said.

Nogle was also in charge of three major capital facilities projects in Kitsap, including the 312-bed jail expansion and remodel, the CenCom building and the Public Works annex.

According to county officials, county Project Manager Karen Ross is expected to take on those responsibilities.

Meanwhile, many of Nogle’s colleagues say they will miss his presence in government circles.

Richard Hanna, treasurer for the City of Bremerton, is one such colleague.

As treasurer over the last 16 years, Hanna often worked with Nogle on parks development projects, jail service contracts and other issues.

“Sometimes we were on opposite sides of the table and sometimes we were on the same side,” Hanna said. “But regardless of the side, I always thought (Nogle) was professional and very competent.

“I enjoyed his company,” Hanna said.

Nogle went on vacation (annual leave) earlier this month but recently submitted a letter of resignation.

Nogle will remain on annual leave until July 31.

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